House Salad

This is the standard at Pinch. If you're a novice to making dressings know that you can adjust the amounts of oil and vinegar to suit your palate. Just don't be afraid of salt and pepper - or sugar. The dressing will be the seasoning for a whole bunch of greens and it should be saturated in flavor.


  • 5T olive oil
  • 3 T red wine vinegar
  • half clove of garlic, pressed
  • 1 T crumbled Gorgonzola
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 1 pear
  • Sugar, as necessary
  • One head red leaf lettuce or a comparable amount of spring mix 

Pour the oil and vinegar into a salad bowl. 

Add the garlic, salt, pepper and Gorgonzola. Mash with a fork to combine. 

Quarter and core a pear and thinly slice, adding to dressing. 

Taste and adjust seasoning as necessary. When adding pear to a salad I don't add the sugar unless it's necessary. A very ripe pear is quite sweet and you won't need to add sugar.